Inside Dr. Vaseegaran’s lab, after years of research and hard work, the robot finally recognized the command to get up and walk. The humanoid robot analyses the motion programmed into its processing unit. Speed 1 terahertz, memory 1 Ziga byte. I bet you remember the punchline. You know that Tesla’s AI robot is powered by the most advanced supercomputer in the world. More description inside the blog!

The scientist was in absolute zeal that he succeeded in his efforts, bridging the fictional realm of writer Sujatha and reality. 

The plot of the movie continues as they dressed the humanoid up to the finest and made him ready for the presentation. SHOWTIME BABY! But then the scientific organization rejects the robot because it lacks emotions and can be very harmful to humanity if it continues to operate solely on human commands. 

Science Fictions and Tesla’s Humanoid

Throughout the science fiction genre, human creators controlled robots. But what happens when we power these humanoids with artificial intelligence? These science fictions were simply unrealistic adventures for the generation of the 1990s. A story set in the distant future. Even though the fact that the world has become more complex and interesting in recent decades. Isn’t it both amazing and strange to consider the existence of humanoids in our midst?

On Friday, Tesla unveiled the prototype of its Optimus humanoid robot — an actual robot, by definition. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the robot performed basic functions such as walking and raising its hands for the first time without the use of any support or a crane. It is a fully automated robot rather than a flesh-and-blood human dressed in a strange suit. 

The company took its first tentative steps into humanoid robotics. Musk has stated that the Optimus bot will eventually be more valuable “than the car business, worth more than FSD (Full Self Driving)

Tesla Expecting Sales of “Home Robots” in three years

We intend to launch the prototype of a humanoid robot this year, to improve its intelligence and address large-scale production. Following that, the utility of humanoid robots will grow with each passing year as production increases and costs fall. A home robot may one day be less expensive than a car. Tesla expects the sales to start within three years, and most likely before five years. It alters vast swaths of modern economies and societies in almost unimaginable ways.

All about the specifications of Tesla’s Optimus:

Tesla's Optimus is powered by the same AI technology that powers FSD.

Tesla is guiding Optimus with the same AI technology that powers FSD. This includes the occupancy network, an artificial intelligence system. It turns the camera input data into something like a 3D map of what’s around a robot. The Dojo is being developed to train the various AI systems that go into a vehicle or robot.

The Dojo is a ‘neural network exaflop supercomputer‘. To train its neural networks, Tesla processes massive amounts of video data from its fleet of over 1 million vehicles. Dojo has the potential to become the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

According to one engineer at Tesla AI Day, Tesla is investing heavily to overcome the challenges to train its AI. They feed the neural network up to 100 terabytes of video data reported by Tesla’s cars every day!

So far, Tesla has built three cabinets for Dojo hardware. And it can already handle massive amounts of video training data, using 72 of Nvidia’s high-end A100 processors. The A100 is a new high-performance graphics processing unit designed for AI training and inference.

AI Explained in Simple Terms

Imagine this: we block a road under construction, and even the same road can look very different. A typical computer which is programmed computers with limited, constrictive, “if-this-then-that instructions” can not handle this situation. That’s where AI comes into the game. AI works by training a system to recognize patterns in vast amounts of real-world data. When the systems are powered by AI, they can handle a much broader spectrum and make more complex and subtle decisions.

Tesla's Optimus

Tesla is learning from human anatomy, for example, by employing a complex four-bar hinge mechanism similar to the human knee. It adapts to an actuator’s varying demands for strength or speed, depending on how far the knee is bent.

To expand AI training, the engineers simulate various conditions from scenarios beyond real-world data. Consider how distinct every scenario is from the other! 

On the other hand, they set these scenarios in a relatively limited domain: Tesla’s offices and research labs. There is a huge contrast between the complex nuances of the real world. Musk also stated that the company intends to first test them in its own “Giga factories.” This might provide enough training data for the robots to gain a footing.

ASIMO: The most socially advanced robot in the world to date!

We know Isaac Asimov as the “Father of Robotics,” and he established three robotics rules. All robots that are produced must follow his guidelines. 

They named this robot after him! You might even remember a similar robot from the movie. Meet ASIMO, the robot! (ASIMO is an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility). Honda touts it as “the world’s most sophisticated humanoid robot.” Asimo remained that tall for the first three generations. Asimo could walk on two legs and recognize people, gestures, noises, and faces. Also, it could be with people. The little robot could walk at 2.7 kph (1.7 mph) and run at 9 kph (5.6 mph). It could also jump and kick soccer balls.

But then the corporation lost interest in further developing the little robot. Honda did not introduce a new generation after 2011. To be fair, Honda has already said that it will discontinue commercial development of the Asimo after 2018. If Honda abandoned the project. It must have been for one of two reasons. Either there was no demand for such a robot, or it would be too expensive to justify mass manufacturing. 

Is Tesla going to make the revolution?

Not to add that Autopilot (and, in particular, FSD) confronts its own set of hurdles in terms of public mistrust and criticism. A robot that you live with every day in close does not require that level of danger. But as Musk claims, the robots will pave the way for a better economy.

Even Boston Dynamics, the current leader in robotics, has stated no plan of developing a “home bot,” instead focusing on military uses of autonomous robots.

I appreciate the engineering achievement when seeing the robot walk without toppling. But it is nowhere near the company’s claim that it could replace humans in mundane tasks. 

There may even be some signs as subtle as how a humanoid robot could jeopardize job security. Even how a robot with powerful monitoring capabilities could jeopardize privacy. High-level humanoid robots could perform tasks such as factory workers, construction workers, maids, and clerks. But are people going to buy these bots for $20,000? 

Is Tesla going to keep up with the state-of-the-art in humanoid robotics? Or are they going to invest in robots that can do things in the real world, rather than just a demo walk on stage? And finally, coming to moral responsibilities. How are these robots going to stand alone in the way of building a just and fair future? 

Should we construct a technology just because we can?

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